Microsoft stops selling Windows 7 and 8 to OEMs
While many already knew that Windows 7 is not long for this world since Microsoft officially halted Windows 7 support back in 2015, it is now officially closing the chapter. It’s been two years since Windows Home (Premium and Basic) as well as Windows Ultimate were last sold to OEMs, and now Microsoft has stopped selling the Windows 7, i.e. Windows 7 Professional. Alongside Windows 7 Professional, Windows 8.1 is also saying goodbye to OEM deals but Windows 8 and 8.1 will still benefit from Microsoft support until 2017.
Microsoft seems to be betting all they have on Windows 10, which it is referring to as “the last version of Windows”. The plan is to keep rolling out updates for the system instead of releasing a brand new OS. The first of the major updates for Windows 10 is called the Creators Update. The targets of the new update are security, productivity, and creativity in a work environment, making it seem like it’s not really intended for the general audience. Users can expect the update early 2017.
While Microsoft is attempting to slowly cut all other OS versions from the support list, Windows 10 has guaranteed support until 2020, and after 2020 it will be granted extended support until 2025. A number of updates and features have been implemented in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. That update focused on Windows Defender and protection against advanced threats.
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